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Modi govt needs to learn from US, France. India’s defence industry needs a push for private

If India wants to counter China’s forays into Africa, it must harness the private sector to strike procurement deals on a tricky continent.

Days of soft power are over. Defence is the new diplomacy tool for India around the world

As India focuses on more bilateral and multilateral military exercises, it's pushing for hard power when it comes to striking defence deals.

Schemes like Agnipath must go to test beds first. They shake up the entire system

The scheme is being introduced full-fledged at a time when the country is in a standoff with China. The Russian experience in Ukraine isn’t encouraging.

Defence preparedness improved in eight years of Modi, but military must begin to punch hard

Rather than be perturbed by the controversy surrounding the Rafales, the Modi government should quickly move in and decide on more fighters for the Air Force.

American SiG Sauer rifle fine for Army—for now. Indian firms should be Modi govt’s priority

The repeat order of SiG 716 rifles from the US shows that Army is in desperate need of modern rifles. But the govt shouldn't depend on foreign supplies too much.

India’s defence offset contracts are in shambles, need a revamp

A number of the 57 offset contracts signed so far have resulted in penalties with the number expected to rise.

Chinese Navy is the largest in the world, but not the best. Don’t underestimate it though

As PLA Navy celebrates its 73rd anniversary and massive fleet, there’s a message for the world – it is only a matter of years before Chinese put their house in order.

Thank you Chetak, but your 60th anniversary also reminds us what’s wrong with Indian defence

During the past 10 years, around 15 Chetak and Cheetah helicopters have crashed, killing several pilots even as it remains the workhorse of the armed forces.

Another lesson for India from Ukraine: DRDO must get its act together & get along with military

DRDO projects are victims of massive time and cost overruns, plus there's a trust deficit between them and the armed forces. These issues need fixing.

Ukraine crisis has many lessons for India. Most important: Atmanirbharta is the way forward

The war in Ukraine has woken up Europe from slumber, reshaping the European focus on military and the criticality of investing in defence.

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The cat carnival in Gurugram | Abantika Ghosh, ThePrint

Grumpy felines, greedy breeders—what Gurugram cat carnival looked like

Cats in tiny cages with tinier litter trays in a room full of curious onlookers—nothing could’ve prepared me for what lay inside the actual ‘carnival’ venue.
A man looks at a screen displaying news of markets update inside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai | Reuters file photo

Shares rise ahead of RBI’s rate decision, Adani stocks arrest slide

The rebound comes after the recent selloff in Adani group stocks, which has caused a rout of over $100 billion in market capitalisation after Hindenburg's report on 24 January.

Defence

Army personnel helping Wildlife SOS rescue the elephant | Photo credit: Army

Army personnel, NGO come together to save 35-year-old elephant in Uttarakhand

The Army swung into action after Union Minister General V.K. Singh (retd) reached out to them to rescue the elephant that has been lying down for the last two weeks.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Market has won & now it’s for Adani to decide whether...

If the political establishment responds to a situation like this as if it’s something that must only play out between a corporate & the market, it's coming of age of Indian capitalism.